Scandinavian cosiness and Japanese minimalism: KLAFS new GESA sauna

KLAFS, the pioneer in sauna bathing, is bringing some extra warmth, ingenuity and craftsmanship this winter in the form of the GESA sauna. In collaboration with the talented designer Gesa Hansen, the new creation combines Scandinavian coziness with Japanese minimalism. A sauna that not only makes an aesthetic statement, but also offers unparalleled security.

Step by step, Gesa Hansen and KLAFS perfected the concept over several months with many small, detailed solutions. The result is impressive. The international jury of the Red Dot Design Award 2022 awarded its renowned award to the GESA sauna in the "Product Design" category for the highest design quality.

Gesa Hansen studied at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and worked for various renowned agencies, including in Japan. She specifically sought the expertise of KLAFS for the GESA sauna project.

A striking aspect of the design of the GESA sauna are the deep black wall panels, inspired by Yakisugi wood. During this traditional Japanese production process, the wood is first charred and then quenched with cold water. A process that is reminiscent of the sauna session itself... The black appearance forms a clear contrast with the white wooden surfaces of the loungers and the white covering of the sauna heater.

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Exciting duality and balance

KLAFS CEO Phillip Rock emphasizes the dedication it took to create the Yakisugi look and white contrast, praising designer Gesa Hansen's special concepts and ideas: "Fire and water. Hot and cold. Black and white – this interplay has created a unique relaxation space, in which you will not only find an exciting duality, but also your own balance."

The crowning glory of the design and wood craftsmanship is the sauna ceiling with the impressive 3D herringbone pattern. This makes the ceiling look almost sculptural. The pattern is made by hand at KLAFS in a complex process. This gives the ceiling its own meaning: “The design of the ceiling was particularly important to me. After all, you often lie in the sauna and look up. The beautiful appearance now invites you to dream,” explains Gesa Hansen. The designer also used large insulating glass facades, which extend over the full width and height of two side walls. Thanks to the shelf system that is connected to one of the glass facades from the outside, a feeling of peace, security and intimacy is created, despite the generous openness. The shelf system is intended as a lifestyle library, where decorative objects are given space to display themselves. In addition to homeliness and security, it gives the GESA sauna an extra personal touch.


The design concept is harmoniously rounded off with KLAFS' own MOLLIS® GESA line. The sauna mats and cushions perfect the sauna experience with comfort and coziness. Visually, the new creations hark back to the Japandi style and its unique feel-good atmosphere.

The GESA sauna is available in the original design in Black and White and in the GESA nature variant. The GESA nature sauna is equipped with alder wood walls with Yakisugi look and a hemlock ceiling. As additional lighting, the SUNSET system can be selected for discreet and glare-free illumination of the backrest or the POLAR starry sky.

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